Vote on Senate health care bill delayed

Jennifer Steinhauer and Thomas Kaplan, reporting for the New York Times:

Facing intransigent Republican opposition, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, announced on Tuesday that he will delay a vote on his legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, dealing President Trump an embarrassing setback on a key part of his agenda.

Republican leaders had hoped to take a page from the playbook used to get a bill over the line in the House, appeasing the most conservative members of their conference while pressuring moderates to fall in line with fewer concessions.

But as opposition mounted in both camps, even against a vote just to take up the bill, Mr. McConnell decided he would delay consideration until after the Senate’s weeklong July 4 recess.

“We will not be on the bill this week, but we will still be working to get at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” Mr. McConnell said.

This is a big deal for a couple of reasons. It gives people a chance to give their Senators feedback. Many Senators will be hosting town hall meetings over the next couple of weeks, giving you a chance to have your voice heard. You can also call your Senators, which is much more effective than sending a letter or email, here's a list of their numbers. 

This is a bill that will effect millions of Americans in one way or another, it's nice to see that there will be at least a couple of weeks between the bill becoming public, and when it is voted for. This does mean the Senate's health care bill has been defeated. If their is one person in Congress who has the skill to get an unpopular bill voted for, it's Mitch McConnell. It will take an outcry from the general public unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime to defeat this bill, but it is possible. There is no doubt that there is room to improve the healthcare system in this country, but the bill that the Senate has come up with does the opposite of that. It's time to make your voice heard.